You bend over the fairest work of your creation and radiantly your own gaze is illumined in return. —Edith Stein
Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere. –Rupert Spira
Finished. Oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches. It seems my paintings swing a pendulum between smooth and flat, and increasingly textured. This one sits in the latter category. Below is a detail image which hopefully shows some of what I’m referring to. A very satisfying painting to work on.
Sunset in the ethereal waves:
I cannot tell if the day
is ending, or the world, or if
the secret of secrets is inside me again.
“The way of the artist is the way of perception, just as the way of the philosopher is the way of thought and the way of the devotee is love.
Cezanne said, ‘The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.’
He meant that if we look at any thing, no matter how simple or commonplace, and truly go to the heart of that thing, which means to the heart of that experience, we will find something so extraordinary, something that will revolutionize the way we see our self, others and the world. This is the true revolution that makes all others revolutions pale.
An artist tries to make something that expresses and evokes this realisation, something that takes the viewer directly to this experiential understanding. A true work of art triggers this revolution.”
– Rupert Spira
Finished… finally. Oil on panel, 24 by 36 inches. I truly enjoyed this one. A very meditative piece to work on (unlike the last, which was full of struggle and frustration). Turned the corner on this from ‘stabbing in the dark’ to ‘I’m getting the hang of this’ in terms of paint handling.